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Simulating anti-submarine warfare

By James Mugg Anti-submarine warfare (ASW) is an arcane science (and perhaps its practitioners prefer it that way), but it’s an incredibly important part of naval warfare. It’s also notoriously difficult—like trying to find...

House, Senate Only 0.6% Apart On Defense Budget: $704B vs. $708B

By Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. WASHINGTON: Despite reported differences, the House and Senate Armed Services Committees propose almost identical toplines for national security spending. In an apples to apples comparison, after correcting for discrepancies...

More on the Conscription Campaign

By Russian Defense Policy Russian Orthodox priest blesses Black Sea Fleet draftees We already heard that the Baltic and Northern Fleets were getting 5,000 and 2,500 conscripts respectively, putting the Navy over 10,000 without...

The nuclear ban cometh … unfortunately

By Rod Lyon In New York, negotiations towards a nuclear weapons ban treaty—involving approximately 130 countries plus sundry civil society groups—are drawing rapidly to a close. A second draft (PDF) of the text is...

A Bloody Day Caps Off A Very Bloody Month In Ukraine

By Interpreter Staff Ukraine Day 1231: LIVE UPDATES BELOW. Yesterday’s coverage of the Ukraine conflict can be found here. An Invasion By Any Other Name: The Kremlin’s Dirty War in Ukraine …read more From::...

The changing geopolitics of European emotion

By Larissa Joseph A new triangle of geopolitical emotion has emerged in Europe: Great Britain has ceased feeling superior to France, and France has stopped feeling inferior to Germany. The question is whether this...

The month in women, peace and security: June 2017

By Zoe Glasson, Patrick Kennedy, Madeleine Nyst and Sophie Qin Women as ‘partners for change’ On 9 June, Canada’s International Development Minister, Marie-Claude Bibeau, launched the country’s new Feminist International Assistance Policy, which puts...

50 years of ASEAN: Australian membership

By Graeme Dobell The evolution of Australia’s thinking about ASEAN has gathered enough pace that it’s now possible to propose a new Oz passion and purpose. Instead of constant pledges of engagement and partnership,...

Participatory budgeting at the local level in Nepal

By Thaneshwar Bhusal On 29 May, the government of Nepal released its annual budget for the fiscal year 2017/18 (that starts on 16 July) worth 1278 billion Nepali Rupees (Rs). Presenting the budget in...

First Weekly MOD Graphic

By Russian Defense Policy As promised, the RF MOD has published a graphic depiction of its recent activities. It’s dated June 30. What the graphic depicts may change over time. It’s not hugely interesting...

Is this the Site of a Future Turkish Base in Syria?

By Christiaan Triebert On June 28, 2017, two Turkish media outlets published footage of a location within Syrian territory where the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK, from Turkish Türk Silahlı Kuvvetleri) “allegedly will build a...

Day 1230

By Interpreter Staff Ukraine Day 1230: LIVE UPDATES BELOW. One Ukrainian soldier was killed, 3 wounded and 6 suffered concussions in the past reporting period, and the Donetsk Filtration Station is knocked out again....

Day 1229

By Interpreter Staff Ukraine Day 1229: LIVE UPDATES BELOW. One Ukrainian soldier was killed and three were wounded in the previous reporting period. Yesterday’s coverage of the Ukraine conflict can be found here. An...

Russia Day Promotions

By Russian Defense Policy As noted earlier, there were relatively few Russia Day promotions in the MOD, possibly because President Vladimir Putin handed out a lot of new brass to his personal National Guard....

Advanced Guide on Verifying Video Content

By Aric Toler One of the most common issues for researchers and journalists is verifying user-generated video content, most often found on social networks and file sharing platforms, such as YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and...

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